Fans of One Piece will be able to watch new English-subtitled episodes of the popular pirate manga series online within an hour of the weekly broadcast in Japan. FUNimation, Toei Animation, Shueish and Fuji TV announced that the free streaming of the new segs will begin on May 30 with episode #403 on www.onepieceofficial.com., followed by FUNimation’s partner sites, according to Anime News Network.
FUNimation is also streaming the first two anime episodes and the Sabaody Archipelago Saga story arc (starting with episode #391).
Based on a long-running Shonen manga written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda and first introduced in 1997, One Piece has been a huge hit for FUNimation and VIZ Media. FUNimation has been dubbing the series since 2007, which aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. VIZ Media will publish the 21st volume of the original manga on June 2. Oda is also overseeing the production of the tenth anime feature film release of the property, titled One Piece Film Strong World, which is slated to open in Japan on Dec. 12. The show follows the adventures of its eccentric hero Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who develops magical abilities by eating a special fruit, and his misfit team of pirates known as the Straw Hats.
Here is the One Piece 10 opening credit: